Chen Yufei of China competes in the women's singles semi-final against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan during All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham, England, March 14, 2020. /VCG
Chinese world number one Chen Yu Fei beat Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-14, 23-21 in the women's singles semi-finals at All England in Birmingham on Saturday. Chen will meet second-seeded Tai Tzu-ying from Chinese Taipei in the final after Tai defeated Spain's Carolina Marin 19-21, 21-13, 21-11. Meanwhile, all Chinese male shuttlers have been dumped out of race earlier, with Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien-chen and Denmark's Viktor Axelsen will meet in the final. World number seven Axelsen had to hit back to beat Malaysian world number 13 Lee Zii Jia 17-21, 21-13, 21-19.
Denmark's Viktor Axelsen in action during his semi-final match against Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia during All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham, England, March 14, 2020. /VCG
Axelsen is bidding to avenge last year's final defeat against Kento Momota as he looks to build on his recent success at the Barcelona Masters and Indonesia Open. "It was a really tough match. Lee made it really tough for me but I just tried to stay in there and do my best," Axelsen said. "I managed to keep calm through to the end of the third game, but luck was also on my side as it could have gone either way." Indonesia's Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti beat Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith for a place in the mixed doubles final. The 21-15, 21-23, 21-11 victory booked a showdown with Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai for the title.
(With input from AFP)
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